This monograph based on original research and interpretation extends and enlightens our understanding of one of the seminal moments of 20th century British theatre - the rise of the verse drama and the re-invigoration of Christian belief based on historical figures on England's past. The study places Christopher Fry back in the literary canon and argues for his centrality - albeit a brief one - in dramatic history. Fry's life and works are discussed; a careful reading of the major and minor works is included.
Chapter 1: Christopher Fry's Life History; Chapter 2: Poetic Drama and Fry; Chapter 3: Tragedy or Comedy; Chapter 4: The Mystery; Chapter 5: Fry and Eliot: The Spark and the Stone; Chapter 6: Choice and Original Sin; Chapter 7: The Heretic Vs. The Churchman; Chapter 8: Fry's Moses and the Biblical Moses; Chapter 9: Fry's Combatants; Chapter 10: Caedmon Construed or One Thing More; Chapter 11: Fry's Style in Early and in Later Plays.